Carrybridge RNLI assist one person on grounded cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.02pm on Saturday 22 May, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched to a vessel with one person on board which had run aground approx. 1 mile South of Belleisle Estate

Winds were South Westerly, Force 2. Visibility was good with overcast conditions.

The lifeboat arrived with the casualty vessel and the volunteer crew checked the wellbeing of the person on the casualty boat and found they were ok. There was no water ingress found.

The water tank on the boat was emptied to assist the crew in refloating the casualty vessel. With the owner’s permission a tow was established, and the vessel was refloated and towed to deeper water. The vessel was then able to continue it’s journey.

Speaking following the call out, Chris Cathcart, Lifeboat Helm at Carrybridge RNLI advised all boat users: ‘‘As we enter the busy time of the year we would ask that everyone have a means of calling for assistance if you find yourself in trouble, have lifejackets for all on board and plan their journey using the relevant charts. If you see someone in trouble on the water or are in difficulties yourself the number to dial is: 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’’

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Notes to editors

· Carrybridge Lifeboat Station was started in 2002 on Upper Lough Erne. It currently operates an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and a Rescue Water Craft

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